White Hot

A Hidden Legacy Novel
Narrated by: Renee Raudman
Series: Hidden Legacy (Andrews), Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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The Hidden Legacy series by New York Times best-selling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm...and their relationship burns hot.

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill - she knows when people are lying - and she's used that magic (along with plain hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime - the highest rank of magic user - and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada's talent. But there's no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice.

©2015 Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Super entertaining, unsure on narrator!

Would you consider the audio edition of White Hot to be better than the print version?

No, I read the first book and wish I'd read the second one. I had a hard time with the narrator, I thought she did a good job but her voice was way too mature for the character. At several points I thought she sounded in her late 50's which didn't make sense for a 20 something main character. I found her male voice for Mad Rogan to be a little silly, he sounded a bit like an aging cowboy.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the quirkiness of all the characters and the world building. Ilona Andrews never disappoints with a full cast of unique and interesting characters with a solid world. The house system was well developed, the fight scenes had great pacing and the intimate scenes caused some good blushing!

What does Renee Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have a hard time leaving a bad review because I genuinely think Renee is a good narrator, just not for this book. I don't want to nitpick, my main thought is just that her voice is too matronly for a 20 something character. A few times when Nevada exclaimed or gasped aloud (rather than us hearing her internal dialog) she had a bit more of a higher, more breathy voice which I thought was a little more realistic.

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Better than the first

Let me start by saying I love everything Ilona Andrews writes. Any of their series you pick up will be amazing. This series is no different. Nevada is snarky, loyal, fierce and can shoot her enemies with precision or break their minds with her magic. Mad Rogan got his nickname because he will do anything he has to to win, and his enemies shudder at his name. Love can make you vulnerable, and neither Nevada nor Rogan do vulnerable very well. When an enemy kills Rohan's people and leaves Nevada's client a widower and a single father they will stop at nothing to avenge the fallen. It means working together and dealing with their own issues. It means realizing they can't live without each other, even if they constantly drive each other mad.
As always Renee Raudman does an incredible job narrating this book. I look forward to hearing her voice Ilona Andrew's amazing characters flawlessly. She is insanely talented. She is one of my absolute favorite narrators. You will not be disappointed!
Happy listening!

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LOVE this series!

The Hidden Legacy series is quickly shaping up to be one of my all time favorites. No surprise there, because in my opinion the husband and wife writing team that make up Ilona Andrews are so very talented! Thrilling plots, laugh-out-loud humor and romances that ooze sexual tension are the hallmarks of every one of their books! I can’t recommend their writing enough!

The Hidden Legacy series is set in a modern day Texas where people with magic powers have clout and are organized into family Houses. The more magical power you have, the more power you have. I break it down a little better in my review for Burn For Me , the first book.

White Hot, the second book in the series, picks up two months after the events of Burn For Me. Nevada is pulled into a dangerous investigation when Cornelius Harris hires her to find his wife’s killer. She was working as an attorney for a private investigation company owned by House Forsberg, specializing in corporate espionage. His wife was brutally gunned down in a hotel and Cornelius is devastated by her death, and even though Nevada’s first instinct is to refuse the job because of the danger. But Nevada knows she wouldn’t be able to look herself in the mirror if she doesn’t help him. The investigation immediately turns deadly; underscoring the serious threat they’re up against.

Of course, this series wouldn’t be as much fun if Connor “Mad” Rogan, didn’t somehow factor in, and he becomes a big part of the story very quickly! I was thrilled about that because the minute they’re in a room together the sexual tension climbs and the sparks fly! The hilarious sniping, clever banter, sexual innuendo is just too much fun! In spite of not seeing Connor for two months, his impact on Nevada’s senses is not dulled at all. Oh, these two could light my kindle on fire! Their relationship was mostly love/hate with a few really good moments, in the last book, so I was so pleased at the progress they made here, getting to know each other and the person underneath.

Nevada’s family is super funny, as well. Her Grandma, the mechanic who assembles tanks, her mother an ex-sniper for the army, and her younger sisters and cousin Bern, Nevada’s information specialist, make for an eclectic bunch. Nevada’s grandmother and sisters tease her mercilessly about Mad in such an annoying way only accomplished by family! Many laughs there! I was happy to find out more about her sister’s magic powers, and now I can see why her family is so secretive about all of their abilities!

Like I said, I LOVE this series, and as usual Renee Raudman's performance enhances an already brilliant story! She's one of my all-time favorite narrators!

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I am conflicted

This should be a great series, but it does not do it for me. I am sure many others will think it is great, but I simply could not get excited by the book. The characters are all very well written, especially Nevada, the heroine. The plot is excellent, but it just does not come together well for me. The chemistry between Nevada and rogan is not what I wished it to be. I returned the first book, but had already purchased the other two. to them all now and I am still conflicted. I will say that the third book is the best of the three and the authors were starting to hit their stride.

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Good book

I think this one is better than the first one. Good story, lots of action and good characters. I don’t have a problem with the narrator.

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Great book...

I love the authors in general. The story was great. The only slightly negative thing i can say is that the romance scenes are a bit pornographic in nature which is not in itself a problem but it seems out of place in the genre. It makes it read a bit like a Harlequin in parts. I have seen these types of scenes done better in these kinds of books. Other than that...a great read.

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Like Kate Daniels series with a family

Don’t let the cover are mislead you; this is an urban fantasy, not a romance book. Or rather, any romance with be a slow burn, not realized until further books. This Hidden Legacy series has become my favorite Ilona Andrews series, and I think the biggest reason is Nevada Baylor’s family.

But, let’s start with the downsides: Rene Raudman is a fan-freaking-tastic narrator, However, the first three Hidden Legacy books are written with too many character similarities as the Kate Daniels series, and using the same narrator for both urban fantasy series revolving around an uber powerful, kickass heroine made it really hard to separate the two and enjoy them as separate series. Let’s count the matching characters from the two series. 1) Nevada is just like Kate: both snarky, self sufficient women who don’t trust easily and whose instinct when threatened is to push back hard, 2) Mad Rogan/Curran start of as the bad boy alpha males that our heroines duel with, both with words and fists, but over the course of the series move through the enemies to lovers arc, 3) Bug/Derek serve as the sidekicks, who become steadfast and loyal to the power couple, but also provide teenage style comic relief, 4) Augustine/Saiman interact regularly with our characters as sources of information and potential manipulators- you’re never quite sure if they’ve got you back or will stab you in the back, 5) Gandma Frieda/Era is the familial link to Nevada/Kate, shrewd and ruthless, and not giving a fig what society thinks of their behavior, 6) Arabella/Julie as the plucky kid who will in future books become a kickass heroine in her own right. I could go on, but you get the picture. And Rene Raudman clearly understood that these characters were written alike because she voices these doppelgängers identically.

Perhaps that’s why the big Baylor family is my favorite part of the Hidden Legacy series- it is very different from the “Kate Daniels” alone against the world starting point in the other series. I loved the Kate Daniels series as the books progressed, and the number of her friends and family grew. In this series, Nevada starts off with a big, fun, close knit family. Tank loving grandma Freida, lethal sniper mom, wicked smart Bern, angsty and earnest Leon, ephemeral Catalina, and precocious Arabella. In this book, the extended Baylor family grows to include Rogan, Bug, Cornelius, and Matilda.

Come for the kick ass urban fantasy about battling magical houses in modern day Texas. Stay for the heart and fun that is House Baylor.

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Good story, narrator could be better

I enjoyed this story but wished someone other than Renee Raudman had been the narrator. She mispronounces words with greater frequency than I've ever heard in a professionally narrated book, and she doesn't do a great job voicing the ancillary characters.

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Loved

I loved this story. It was well written and I didn't want to stop listening to it. I am not the biggest fan of the narrator. Her pacing at times can be very frustrating. Her pacing wasn't bad enough to stop listening to the whole series but she's not my favorite.

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A fun and exciting series

I enjoyed this one, and absolutely adore the relationship between Nevada and Connor. I really like her family dynamics and honestly rooting for them! Funny at times, and just fun. Great narrator!

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 12-09-19

White Hot

This is a great third story fall of love, fighting and finding you place. Read brilliantly by Renee Raudman

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  • S PARSONS
  • 12-06-18

Amazing, Exciting and Unmissable

The story is a great follow up to Burn For Me...this series is action packed, keeps you guessing and also romantic. The authors can't seem to write anything but total page turner....I've read the book and listened to audio...the narrator is excellent, makes each voice so individual you don't think it's the same person...she was also used for all the Kate Daniels series and was just as amazing....please try this book because you will not be disappointed....

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  • Elle
  • 09-12-17

Wow ❤️ loved this book

Enjoyed the first book of the series, but absolutely loved this one.
Story is fantastic and keeps you wanting to listen more.
Brilliant narration as always ❤️

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  • Songbird
  • 08-08-17

A little too convoluted at times

I am an Ilona Andrews fan and will always try anything written by this partnership. I don't think I've yet found a book I don't like, though some series are better than others. The magic in the Hidden Legacy series is vague, rather illogical and lacks depth, unlike in the Kate Daniels world but still creates an interesting setting. I found the plot overcomplicated and the sex scenes so tedious I skipread but really enjoyed the characters, their development and the elements of humour in the book. Renee Raudman is a brilliant narrator and perfect for the Andrews series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-17

Keeps getting better!

Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book I couldn't wait to listen to the second instalment and it didn't disappoint!

The story seems to intensify in this book and flowed seamlessly from book 1.

Plenty of magic, power, passion, twists and turns. Exactly what I hoped for in this book.

Download it now, you won't regret it. :)

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  • Amanda
  • 06-11-17

White Hot is Awesome

I loved this book. getting to know all the characters and the story has progressed sooo much, I really didn't want it to end. Only got to wait a month and Wild Fire will be out!! It's already pre-ordered😄

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  • Louise Bishop
  • 06-05-17

It gets better and better.

Since I loved the first book so much I was worried how this would match up. Thankfully, there was nothing to worry about. Fast paced and unpredictable, just as I like them.

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  • Sigrid K.
  • 06-05-17

Good book but not as good as previous from author

I am a huge fan of this author and was ready to download the book when it was released. It is a good book, however it is closer to erotica than previous books and to me that did not fit with the series.
I am ok with that genre but feel like the line of flirtatious fantacy is far superiour and made this author stand out above the rest. Hope they find it again in future books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-17

Alone Andres is one of my favourite writers in the whole world

Once again another amazing book by ilona andrews and brilliantly read by Renée Rodman can't believe you left us hanging I'm desperately awaiting the next book you have me and my sister addicted please keep writing because you are the bomb. This book was so much more intense than the last one leaving me biting my nails and desperately screaming for her to keep going all your books are amazing your women are powerful strong but also gentle someone you can love which I do. All your books are written with such depth you can really imagine yourself being there your side characters are amazing and funny and when something happens with them it's like it's happening to you just like when that happens to the main characters please please please never stop writing Ilona Andrew you are my favourite author in the world. Thank you for your books. X

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-17

Amazing

What made the experience of listening to White Hot the most enjoyable?

I am yet to meet a book by Ilona Andrews that I didn't love. They are experts at creating dynamic characters, intricate world building and action filled plot lines. To top it off, they throw in just enough romance to get readers emotionally invested in the protagonists, but not so much that it distracts from the other elements of the plot. As usual, Renee Raudman managed to bring the whole lot to life with fantastic narration

What other book might you compare White Hot to, and why?

Kate Daniels series.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of them?

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nevada and Rogan have great chemistry and engage in a lot of witty banter which made me chuckle

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-31-17

Love it!

Love this series! As usual Ilona Andrews writes action with a bit of romace. This series is as good as Kate Daniels, maybe even better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

Another great read by Ilona

This book is another great read by Ilona Andrews that will keep you awaiting for the next book to be released.
It has great humour within the book.

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  • Anne Wilson
  • 07-21-17

loved it

loved it what a great writing team love Rogan and will what is there to say above Nevada.

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  • Brooke Wellington
  • 06-06-17

As Fabulous As All Their Other Books.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, and I already have recommended it on. The characters and story just hook you in that you can't put it down until you know what happens.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all the characters in this book. I love we get the meet and expand on alot of characters we only got to see a little in the first book like Nevada's sisters and cousins and find out more about their magic.

What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

She always is very good at distinguishing characters voices. You don't feel like you're listening to a woman put on a man's voice, that becomes their voice. She's also consistent between books so the characters sound the same

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Definitely had an emotional reaction. You connect so much with the characters. I cried when you experience the loss that one of them suffers, felt happy at the Rogan and Nevada scenes, cheered when they made headway with the case.

Any additional comments?

Ilona Andrews never miss! I've read almost all their books and I can't say that any of them are bad. As soon as a book is released I've got it and enjoy it as fast as I possibly can!